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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rafa Esparza

Rafa Esparza was born and raised in Pasadena, CA. His art practice started in painting. Then after entering East Los Angeles City College, he was exposed to interdisciplinary installation and performance art. In his time at UCLA he drew influence from Ron Athey a queer performance who became known for his 1990s "Self-Obliteration" series that used the body as the focus and the canvas for bringing forward issues relating illness and disability during the AIDS epidemic. Esparza involves his person in many of his works, the first that I witnesses was "The Flower Carriers" performed on May 29th 2014 in the UCLA Sculpture Garden. Esparza deals with themes of masuliniy and embodyment in a the context of Los Angeles, his Mexican herritage, and sexuality.

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